Introduction
Global Vision: First Stage of the Poverty Removal Programme

The total population of the world is six billion. One quarter of the world's population–1.5 billion people–are living in extreme poverty.

In order to raise the yearly income of this segment of the population to US$ 2,000 per person per year, and eliminate poverty worldwide, US$ 3 trillion need to be generated every year on a permanent basis.

Data from the FAO1 suggests that in forty developing countries alone there are more than one billion hectare of unutilized land with agricultural potential.

Even one half of this–500 million hectare–will be able to generate US$ 3 trillion per year.

Broadly considering the profit from organic farming at the rate of US$ 6,000 per hectare per year, farming on 500 million hectare will generate US$ 3 trillion per year.

In view of the global perspective mentioned above, our initial programme is to cultivate 500 million hectare of unused agricultural land, i.e. half of the available land in these forty countries.

1 "World Agriculture: Toward 2010, An FAO Study" ISBN 92-5-103590-3




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